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Old 07-28-2015, 08:06 PM   #61
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A house cat has nothing on me, and my record proves that.
The spinal/brain injury wards of full of people exactly like you. When you fall, sometimes it happens so fast you don' t have time to do anything but fall and figure out what happened later. Or lay there and gradually feel the sensation of having legs and arms go away. Or wake up later to find out you're going to be left slowly contorting up, having bed sores and trying to use your lips to move a chair around or communicate. But there you will still have a choice on whether to have all your bowels empty into a bag hanging off of you or try to train yourself to have some sort of control over your bowels.

If you're with a spouse or girlfriend, they'll probably leave as they "didn't sign up for this".

I know a contractor that did this his whole life, then got hurt and it knocked him out of the trades. Lost touch with him, but he might have found work at a convenience store that fit under his work restrictions.
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I never even saw until my foot was on it. I lost all my balance and my feet went in the air. I was almost completely past the gutter. I wasn't even thinking of how to stay on the roof but where to land.
Wasn't that a trip? I used to cliff climb, repelput up towers, run lines (poles), work above where there was 100% tie off, walking out to set the winches to pull up material for those below on the five stories of scaffolding, yet when I fell there wasn't anything I could do and didn't know what had happened until it was over.

Guess some people learn and some people just keep sliding by. Some make it, some don't. I just know I'd never have someone like that as an employee as if that person wants to die or turn into a pretzel...or not, I don't want in to damage me and what I do for a living.
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Everyone starts somewhere. That's what my post referenced. My first job and first time on the walls.
It was $5/hr.
One of my first ones was working a jack hammer, demoing a huge furnace at PPG. I don't remember how much I made, but I was demoing the wall I was standing on and the only safety item there was a rope around the jackhammer, so I know I was worth less than that jack hammer.
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I once fell off the walk out of a bungalow, probably about 12', landed on a stack of 4x4.

I was about 2 years into framing.and did something absolutely stupid while sheathing the floor. I had a sheet hanging too far over the edge and while trying to hit it into place I transferred my weight wrong and down I went along with the sheet and the sledgehammer. I was close to being able to twist and grab the rim board but the sheet was a bit higher than I was preventing me from grabbing it.

Oh yah, I landed between two pieces of rebar sticking up about a foot from each side of me.
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My you sure do worry allot.
No need to worry about me, I retired 2 years ago with no aches or pains.
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My you sure do worry allot.
No need to worry about me, I retired 2 years ago with no aches or pains.
Sometimes something isn't just about me, or you, as an individual.
Sometimes there is something right in front of us that is bigger than I or you are. Young folks sometimes look up to us older ones for examples of 'how to do things', or even older ones that don't know what they are doing. This is why I often don't care if the account I'm talking to is real or not, a troll or not as sometimes there still is something that needs to be said.

but....I....almost....made.....it...

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I knew a guy who was paralyzed from the waist down from a fall off a roof in his twenties. He made the best of it, but the bedsores finally killed him thirty years later. The fall off the roof killed him, it just took a while.
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62 and pain free. Oh and did I say my 1st gig was a chinese fighter pilot. Hell im older than you and I feel like calling one of the boys in the morning to come snatch me out of bed with the lift. While your at it send me some of what your on
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I was doing some pick-up framing once when I was laid off from my regular job one winter. We had just completed nailing off the sheathing on an exterior wall and I grabbed a saw and cut out the window. The piece didn't fall through, so I walked out on it and gave it a stomp. As I was falling to the basement floor, I remembered that it was the window at the stairwell and no, the stairs hadn't been built yet. I landed flat on my back, breaking several bones. That was my only ambulance ride so far, and when I got to the hospital, that's when I learned that the POS I was working for had ZERO insurance. No Worker's comp, no liability, no nuthin'. Hospital gave me a scrip for some pain killers and said,"Gee, wish we could care" and sent me home. It was about 3 months before I could go back to work. I had a friend that worked at the unemployment office and she hooked me up, otherwise I would have lost everything. Last time I ever just went to work for someone without checking them out. Looking back, I should have sued, but I didn't know then how things worked. All the POS had was a junky truck, and I already had one of those. I am still in daily pain over that one.
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My you sure do worry allot.
No need to worry about me, I retired 2 years ago with no aches or pains.
HAHAHAHA

Show me a "contractor" who doesn't have aches or pains, and I'll show you a contractor who hasn't worked a day in their life.

I don't know of a single person in the trades who doesn't have some form of aches or pains.
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HAHAHAHA

Show me a "contractor" who doesn't have aches or pains, and I'll show you a contractor who hasn't worked a day in their life.

I don't know of a single person in the trades who doesn't have some form of aches or pains.
Hell I'm thirty years old and my knees are already half shot.
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Hell I'm thirty years old and my knees are already half shot.

28 and my right knee is in pretty rough shape. It comes and goes, but it's been coming an awful lot more lately. I should probably get it checked out at some point.
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Hell I'm thirty years old and my knees are already half shot.
Knees, back, hands, shoulders... So far my ears and toes are doing pretty good!
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It's getting pretty bad when you consider Ibuprofen a supplement.
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HAHAHAHA

Show me a "contractor" who doesn't have aches or pains, and I'll show you a contractor who hasn't worked a day in their life.

I don't know of a single person in the trades who doesn't have some form of aches or pains.
27 here and 3 years ago already got the news that 2 discs are dessicated and arthritis in my back. Still at it...
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Sam, Aaron and all other young guns out there. For what its worth I started wearing knee pads when I was your age and truly beleive it has helped my knees a great deal. Yea I dont like em pinching in back or starting to smell like fidos arse or how it looks but who gives a chit. Ive always bought good ones as all of my tools and these are as important to me as my best saw or gun. We need for you guys to take over when us old riffs cant put up our dukes any more. So seriously think about it you will be glad later on.
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Sam, Aaron and all other young guns out there. For what its worth I started wearing knee pads when I was your age and truly beleive it has helped my knees a great deal. Yea I dont like em pinching in back or starting to smell like fidos arse or how it looks but who gives a chit. Ive always bought good ones as all of my tools and these are as important to me as my best saw or gun. We need for you guys to take over when us old riffs cant put up our dukes any more. So seriously think about it you will be glad later on.
Preaching to the choir here. It took a couple years to sink in but now I wear kneepads and ear protection and safety glasses. My knee issues aren't from kneeling though.

Aaron - I asked my doc about my knees, and he said "well, you work a lot, so thats to be expected"

I'm in the market for a new doctor.
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the bedsores finally killed him thirty years later. The fall off the roof killed him, it just took a while.
That's common. That's what Chris Reeves died of, but it was the initial fall that killed him. We shift our weight when we sit, but they can't feel anything, so they just stay in one spot, pressures on one spot(s), get bed sores from it, gets infected, goes septic, die.

Bedsore stages:
1. Red spot on skin
2. red spot that turns white when push on it, returns to red.
3. Exposed muscle, tissue fat (what you shouldn't see, but skin around it is dead). (dead tissue stink)
4. Bone exposed. (dead tissue stink)

The individual 'sore' can often 'tunnel', so you have to excavate all those tunnels wherever they go, to their full length. To attempt heal, all the dead tissue must be cut away, so digging into the body is the treatment. It's gotta heal from the inside out. Once all of the dead tissue is removed, skin flaps are sewn on to the areas where there used to be tissue and now it's the antibiotics war to fight--with the help of the victim/patient of course. Some don't want to as they've been through enough, long enough.

Sounds like fun.
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I wear kneepads and ear protection and safety glasses.
Big hearing loss here. Funny as the younger guys get frustrated with it at times, but I remind them "I was like you once". I used to have a pair of safety glasses that had a big divot in the right lens from a piece of metal. Few people listen. If young people listened, the we old folks wouldn't have any stories to tell....

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